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Don midwest
Don midwest

from a couple of days ago on The Intercept

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Dominate Democratic Debate Set Up to Ambush Them

“I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for,” Warren said to cheers.

Having constructed the entire debate to generate disagreements between the progressive candidates, whose ideas are finding support from Democratic primary voters, and centrist candidates who are struggling to get past 1 percent in the polls, CNN concluded the evening with the headline it had worked so hard to create: “Breaking News: Liberal and Moderate Democrats Clash in Detroit.”

Update: Wednesday, July 31, 3:21 p.m. EDT

The morning after the debate, the Republican party helpfully proved that Warren and Sanders were right to say that it was a Republican talking point to focus only on the need to increase taxes to pay for Medicare for All, while ignoring the fact that total costs would go down for working families that no longer have to pay outrageous premiums and deductibles.

On Wednesday morning, the Republican National Committee tweeted out video of a post-debate interview in which Chris Matthews of MSNBC repeatedly pressed Warren to say if taxes would go up, and completely ignored her point that “out of pocket costs for middle class families,” are, under the plan she and Sanders endorse, “actually going to go down.”

Don midwest
Don midwest

how crazy things are when what is worthless is worth going to war?

last gasp of capitalism? last gasp of empire?

The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have very little going for them other than petroleum, which is actually worthless. That is, as understanding of the catastrophic impacts of our climate emergency sinks in the with public, a rush to electric cars fueled by wind and solar will gain momentum. Leaving Saudi Arabia and the UAE (as well as the Koch brothers and assorted other B-movie villains) high and dry.

This is a recent article from Juan Cole (because we just found out about this) on how Trump had Saudi Arabia and UAE censure his America First speech in 2016.

Yet another example that Trump puts corporations first which what he has done

Why Trump let Saudi Arabia and UAE censor his “America First” Speech on Energy

Don midwest
Don midwest

a white supremacist movement encouraged by Trump not just a deranged killer

this is further reason for Nancy Pelosi to begin impeachment inquiry

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The slaughter of 20 persons in and around a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, by a virulent white nationalist on Saturday was not just a “mass shooting.” It was a profound act of terrorism.

Nor was it the action of a single person. The alleged shooter was invested in Trump’s talking points about a wall and had bought into the crazed conspiracy theory that wealthy Jewish entrepreneurs are bringing in immigrants to work cheaply and replace the white race. Hence his fulminating against the so-called “Hispanic invasion” and his praise of the shooter at New Zealand’s Christchurch mosque (a shooter himself inspired by Trump).

It isn’t enough to say that the El Paso terrorist was “hate-filled and racist,” as El Paso police characterized him. That makes it sound personal and idiosyncratic. This man was part of a movement, a movement that is being actively promoted from the White House. The difference between a crime and terrorism is that a crime is for personal gain and its not ideological. This was ideological.

Does anyone have any doubt at all that if the person had been a Muslim with a similar manifesto, substituting Islamic themes and grievances for those of white nationalism, the national security state and the US media would be in overdrive blaming the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims?

And yet white nationalists skate because their ideology seems less threatening to. . . white people.

It isn’t less threatening. It is a national emergency. Research published at WaPo shows that in counties where Trump held rallies in 2016, hate crimes rocketed 226%.

Nationally, hate crimes are growing 9% a year, with Arab-Americans, Jews, and LGBTQ individuals seeing big spikes in hate crimes directed against them.

from Juan Cole today
White Supremacist Terrorism strikes Again in the Age of Trump and Putin

orlbucfan

Nancy Pelosi is either a) corrupt b) semi-senile c) neo-liberal coward. All 3 fit her. Over half the House are lining up behind impeachment. If more continue to join, that may finally force her hand. We’ll see. T and R, LD!!

Don midwest
Don midwest

Never thought I would post this guy

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wi61

Number of mass shootings since the 1st of January 2019.

US: 251

Mexico: 3,Canada: 1, Brazil: 1,Netherlands: 1,New Zealand: 1,Denmark: 0,Italy: 0

Spain: 0,Sweden: 0,South Korea: 0,Australia: 0,Germany: 0,UK 0,France:0 and Japan: 0

Besides the mental health issues that causes these people to go “off” (M4A Desperately needed). How much many of these shootings had emboldened by these shooters constancy hearing politicians blaming immigrants and POC for their lot in life. Then you have a president that fuels the hate and racism by using words as infestation. Telling Dem elected politicians to go back to where they came from because their POC.

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wi61

Or POC in general, Then the R’s and their talking heads would be coming out of the woodwork on how the borders would have to be closed and immigration suspended.

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Don midwest
Don midwest
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orlbucfan

Cops look like something out of a bad sci-fi dystopian movie or TV show.

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magsview

Hahaha

magsview

A little add-on to a tweet I shared the other day after the second night of debates-Jay Inslee!

Why Jay Inslee picked a fight with Joe Biden on climate change

During Wednesday night’s Democratic primary debate, there was an extended and relatively substantive exchange on the subject of climate change, at least by the standards of the televised-debate genre.

But it was also, in the end, quite strange, because it pivoted around a dispute between Jay Inslee and Joe Biden that never quite came into focus. It had the effect and theatrics of an argument, but it was never quite clear what the real difference was supposed to be.

In fact, with the exception of Andrew Yang’s bizarro climate adaptation plan, almost everything every candidate said was perfectly consistent with what the other candidates were saying. There was a lot of vigorous agreeing: Climate change is an existential problem; it requires urgent action and innovation; solving it will create jobs. Different candidates emphasized different themes and solutions, but despite the moderators’ best efforts, there were few clear contrasts drawn on the larger question.

But there actually is a contrast worth drawing out, and Inslee vs. Biden is a helpful lens through which to view it. It represents a larger divide in the Democratic Party today, between climate hawks and “moderates.”

The difference lies not in the ultimate level of ambition, not in the headline targets, but in the willingness to see that ambition through to the radical action it requires in the near term.

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/8/2/20751255/2019-democratic-debate-joe-biden-jay-inslee-climate-change

magsview

These three tweets were all in a row in my twitter feed just now, and I follow a LOT of people, so noteworthy. (Not sure exactly why that happened, am thinking because of people I follow ‘liking’ those tweets, and in the case of the Ingraham one, retweeting, because I don’t follow any of those accounts)

Is it possible we may have finally hit a tipping point?

🙁

That Ingraham woman should be drummed right out of civilized society!

magsview

WindDancer13

I found this comment from this link interesting (spacing between paragraphs has been added for easier reading; bolding has also been added to draw attention to a familiar name):

wendy joyce
2 hours ago
@Robert Aylor Hes brainwashed. As a Canadian I have the system Bernie is calling for. Its just mindboggling to try to understand why the American people would not want the health care system we have in Canada. The only reason I can see is that the American people just don’t understand what Berne is advocating.

Under a single payer system the people are the beneficiaries, under the current US system big Pharma and Insurance companies are the beneficiaries. Its just a no brainer. We also have Insurance companies that people can opt into for things not covered by our single payer system.

So all Dr are paid by our collective tax dollars, they do not have the option of practising privately, unless it is for something that is not covered by our single payer system. So if a Dr wants to do standard medicine they are paid by medicare for all, if they want to practise an alternative type of medicine like Homeopathy or Naturopathy they can bill privately. If you want to go to that kind of a Dr you can pay out of your own pocket, or you can buy extended healthcare from a company like Pacific Blue Cross. Pacific Blue Cross sells plans for chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, as well as for medicine if you are not covered by Pharmacare.

Some things which have had long wait times like requested MRIs and knee replacement surgeries, some provinces have allowed some private clinics to open to help shorten these wait times. These clinics can charge more for these services than what our healthcare system tax system pays. So if you decide to go to one of these clinics, our system pays a portion of the cost that the person would pay if they got this done with their regular GP, and if the Dr running the clinic wants to extra bill for certain things that are beyond what our system provides they can. They cant extra bill on anything our system provides.

Currently there is a Dr from South Africa named Brian Day, who is being funded by the Koch Brothers to try to make these clinics less confined to the rules of our medical system and make our system more like the US for profit system. He has failed over and over but is trying to take his case to the supreme court of Canada. That’s the Koch brothers for you. Its not the Canadian people they are trying to help because the Canadian people are happy with their single payer system, its insurance companies, big Pharma, and greedy Drs like Brian Day that the Koch brothers are trying to help.

The big fight over the US getting Medicare for All is because it would help lock in universal health care worldwide which would put a kink in the efforts of the Koch Bros and others trying to dismantle it where it already exists.

magsview

This came up at a bbq I went to last weekend locally, the fact that practically the whole world gets cheap healthcare except us.

I told them that my friends and relatives in Canada cannot conceive living in our system. They literally can not imagine such a thing after having had their system for so long-most of them their entire lives-and they look at me in bewilderment.

It is not surprising that the first breakthrough would be in Saskatchewan. The province, which was the home base of “agrarian socialism,” had been governed since 1944 by the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) led by T.C. (Tommy) Douglas. The CCF had originally intended to socialize much of the economy but, like social democratic formations elsewhere, had retreated from this position and by the 1950s concentrated on building a welfare state within a mixed economy. Medical care had always been a centerpiece of its welfare state program and by 1959 considerable strides had been made. The initial innovation was universal hospital insurance which was introduced as early as 1947, and by 1958 had been adopted nationally as a federal-provincial jointly funded program. This is what made it financially possible for Douglas to announce in 1959 that the province would be launching a universal medical insurance plan.

Universal state medical insurance was virtually the only major issue in the Saskatchewan provincial election of 1960. The promise of state Medicare was so popular that the opposition parties dared not oppose it outright, but they were distrustful of what they claimed would be CCF-administered “socialized medicine.” The organized medical establishment was not nearly so reticent and mounted a ferocious propaganda campaign fronted by the local College of Physicians and Surgeons with the support of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the AMA, the local economic elite and most of the media in the province. The College wielded tremendous power and discipline because it was the only economic group representing doctors and was also the licensing body which determined who could practice medicine. Doctors who favoured Medicare were isolated and ostracized by the hierarchy of the profession. The local medical hierarchy in 1960 took much of their advice from outsiders and adopted tactics which had proved successful in many similar campaigns in the United States. They amassed $100,000 for propaganda purposes, a tremendous sum in 1960 and far more than any party would spend in a Saskatchewan provincial election. Every household received printed propaganda and advertisements flooded the radio and newspapers. Public meetings were held throughout the province and were addressed by prominent doctors and supporters, often under the auspices of local Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade .

https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/the-birth-of-medicare

polarbear4

yay for watering the seed!

magsview

🙂

magsview

A bit more from the enlightening piece (please don’t take offense at the “unsophisticated” American electorate part-obviously that doesn’t apply to anyone reading this!):

The crudeness of the propaganda appears to have been based on the assumption that the Saskatchewan electorate was as unsophisticated as their American counterparts. There were denunciations of socialism, communism, “socialized medicine” and the evils of “compulsion.” People would not be able to choose their own doctors; there might be compulsory abortion; state bureaucrats might commit people to mental hospitals. It was suggested that many doctors would leave the province and be replaced by inferior foreign practitioners. “They’ll have to fill up the profession with the garbage of Europe. Some of the European doctors who come out here are so bad we wonder if they have ever practiced medicine.” Norman Ward, Saskatchewan’s most prominent political scientist at the time, asserted that the medical hierarchy “betrayed an ignorance of democratic processes in general, and Saskatchewan politics in particular, that would have been excessive in a gaggle of high school freshmen.”

The effectiveness of the anti-Medicare campaign can be judged by the results of the June 8, 1960 election. The CCF won 42 percent of the vote in a four-way race and 37 of the 54 seats in the legislature. The government interpreted the results , as did most academics and other neutral observers and even much of the media outside the province, as a mandate to proceed with a universal medical plan.

Don midwest
Don midwest

yes, Greta is a terrorist — a threat to our military and government

need Trump to dispatch the brown shirts to get the Green New Deal politicians as well

can’t have any challenge to corporations or to my reelection says Trump in my opinion

Control of oil has long been a key aim of U.S. foreign policy. The Paris climate agreements and any other Green programs to reduce the pace of global warming are viewed as threatening the aim of dominating world energy markets by keeping economies dependent on oil under U.S. control. Also blocking U.S. willingness to help stem global warming is the oil industry’s economic and hence political power. Its product is not only energy but also global warming, along with plastic pollution.

This fatal combination of the national security state’s mentality and oil industry lobbying threatens to destroy the planet’s climate. The prospect of raising temperatures and sea levels along the coasts while inland regions suffer drought is viewed simply as collateral damage to the geopolitics of oil. The State Department is reported to have driven out individuals warning about global warming’s negative impact.1

noted economist Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson: Global Warming and U.S. National Security Diplomacy

polarbear4

magsview

Clever! While appalling, it must have been a fun geeky project to do.

The ‘C’ is a CT district placed upside-down and flipped over. I have no idea why that Italy-boot is in there.

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magsview

So scary. I hope people get enlightened in time.

magsview

Polical cartoon from Pat Bagley

political cartoon 8-4-19 Pat Bagley.jpg
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magsview

Can I please be adopted by that benevolent family with their beautiful pool?

polarbear4

ikr. and their adorb dogs.

polarbear4

And they’re spacious, gleaming home. LOL

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in case anyone followed the dude

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It turns out that since I didn’t click on the YouTube link, all is well.

magsview

Good.

polarbear4

polarbear4

This is an old thread, but if you haven’t heard this story, it’s very revealing as to how the MSM and the DNC works.

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